Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Storm Siren costume and random thoughts - CSFF Blog Tour

Julie one more time with the CSFF Blog tour, writing on Storm Siren by Mary Weber.  I blogged earlier about the costumes, which I can still picture...but drawing them is harder.  The "tiny hat" made to look like frog eyes described in the book is lost in a mass of Adora's curls, and I technically should have gotten out the glitter...  Ah well.

I'd suggest any writers/authors/people interested in craft read Rebecca LuElla Miller's entry on pacing as it pertains to this book. And J.L. Mbewe has links to several interviews. (Is anyone else surprised that such a bubbly author wrote Nym?)

That's about all I have, though I was rather surprised that of the CSFF bloggers I read, I seemed to see the most Christian content here. Maybe that's because I have some familiarity with To Write Love on Her Arms, a movement with a lot of Christian links. From their "Learn" page:

We believe: 
You were created to love and be loved. 
People need other people. 
Your story is important. 
Better days are ahead. 
Hope and help are real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

In Storm Siren, God is only vaguely referenced and Christ doesn't seem present at all, so for me the message of hope rang a touch hollow.  On the other hand, many people are in a place where they don't think God cares or they can't believe in Jesus. Those kind of people might be moved by the rather modest proposal that the protagonist, who feels like a monster, is deserving of love, and might have actually been created for a purpose.  But a more explicitly Christian story might lose those same people, and maybe the later books will build on that modest foundation to help some broken people look into finding lasting hope...

One last link to the other bloggers, if you missed anyone.

Lauren Bombardier
Beckie Burnham
Vicky DealSharingAunt
George Duncan
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Simone Lilly-Egerter
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Jalynn Patterson
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Michelle R. Wood

*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I was sent a free copy of this book.

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